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Archive: December 2012

Alarmingly warm water in Gulf of Maine bringing changes

December 18, 2012



By Bill Trotter, BDN Staff
Dec. 17, 2012, Posted  12:24 p.m.  at 

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Ed Monat, a seasonal tour boat operator and scallop fisherman from Bar Harbor, has seen a lot in his more than two decades of scuba diving below the waves of Frenchman Bay.

He focuses on finding scallops during winter dives. In the summer, he takes tourists and an underwater video camera with him so they can watch on a large flat-screen monitor as Monat dives and then holds up lobster, starfish,...

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UMaine's Newest AAAs Fellows

December 10, 2012


Advancement of Science

UMaine professors honored for contributions to science

Two University of Maine professors have been elected as Fellows to the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) for their contributions to science and technology.

Joyce Longcore, associate research professor in UMaine’s School of Biology and Ecology, and Susan Brawley, professor of plant biology in the School of Marine Sciences and cooperating professor of biological sciences, will be recognized at...

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Advancing marine monitoring capabilities

December 7, 2012





Dr Mark Wells Solid partnerships form the foundations for success as lays testament to efforts to bridge the gap between nanotechnologies and research on marine environmental systems 

To begin, could you offer a brief explanation of nanostructure sensors and their functions? 

Environmental sensors, by definition, interact with their surroundings either chemically, optically or acoustically to obtain information about the conditions nearby. The fields of...

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Bill Nemitz: Maine scientist discovers lobster-eat-lobster world Cannibal lobsters? They're real, and a local scientist caught them on video.

December 3, 2012


November 30  

Bill Nemitz: Maine scientist discovers lobster-eat-lobster worldCannibal lobsters? They're real, and a local scientist caught them on video.

By Bill Nemitz


One minute, Noah Oppenheim was firing up his camera on the ocean floor just off Pemaquid Point in the midcoast of Maine. The next, he was the first human witness to an underwater crime in progress.


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Noah Oppenheim

John Patriquin / Staff Photographer

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Caught: Lobster Cannibals Captured On Film Along Maine Coast

December 3, 2012


Caught: Lobster Cannibals Captured On Film Along Maine Coast


December 03, 2012 11:04 AM

Step back, lobsters coming through!

This summer lobsters exploded in number along the Maine coast. There were so many crustaceans crawling along the ocean floor – and into fishermen's traps – that lobster prices plummeted. Many fishermen tied up their boats, and a price war even broke out between Canadian and Maine seafood distributors.

But lobster-loving New Englanders...

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